JOURNAL OF LEADERSHIP, ACCOUNTABILITY AND ETHICS
Job Design and Ability as Determinants of Employee Motivation
Author(s): Phil Grant
Citation: Phil Grant, (2010) "Job Design and Ability as Determinants of Employee Motivation," Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics, Vol. 8, Iss. 1, pp. 95 - 107
Article Type: Research paper
Publisher: North American Business Press
Relatively little in the literature explains how job design and employee ability combine to affect employee motivation and satisfaction, and to impact, indirectly, employee performance on the job. This is a theoretical development paper illustrating how job design and ability upgrades of modest magnitude can result in motivation, satisfaction, and performance increases of substantial magnitude. The key to generating major motivation, satisfaction, and performance increases from relatively minor ability/job design upgrades lies in understanding the degree to which job design/ability changes affect the rates of change of performance functions and employee cost functions.